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Here is just some of the upgrades added to this Jeep are:
Few vehicles have such obvious design lineage, carrying from one generation to the next. The current Wrangler looks a whole lot like the Wranglers that came before it, and the CJs that came before that. Extra styling doesn't help off-road, and straight sheetmetal is easier to repair.
The Wrangler is ripe with military heritage and go-anywhere parentage, and there's just nothing else that looks like it on the road today. Its trapezoidal wheel flares, flat sides, and seven-slot grille all remind us that this Jeep was designed with function at front of mind. Many of its current design features are just about as old as the original model–just look at its removable doors, external door hinges, and fold-down windshield.
This deference to heritage hasn't stopped the designers from having a little fun with the details, though. A Willys silhouette is part of the windshield's edge mask, and there are little Jeep icons in the lighting elements, as well. Some models even have that Willys silhouette painted in the wheel pockets.
The 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 produces about 40 percent more power and 10 percent more torque than the engine it replaces, and it's now rated at 285-hp/260-pould-feet. And, with its current automatic transmission–an heirloom from older Mercedes-Benz models–it shifts smoothly in light to moderate acceleration. A six-speed manual is still available as well, and reminiscent of that in Jeeps of yore–long throws, long pedal travel, and a little vibration offer greater control over what the Wrangler is doing, but with a little extra work along the way. Regardless of whether you choose the automatic or the manual, the gear ratios are very tall in the high range–an automatic model with the base 3.21:1 ratio, for example, only needed to shift once on the way up to 60 mph. A tall 4.10:1 ratio is still available in the Rubicon.
Over the past couple of years Jeep has introduced a host of improvements to reduce noise, vibration, and harshness (NVH), and anyone with experience in older models will find the new Wrangler far quieter inside. It's more tolerable for commuters than it used to be, for sure. There's a little more gear whine and road noise if you opt for the manual transmission, but considering the sharp-edged exterior there's not all that much wind noise, even at 70 mph.
Ride quality is still not one of the Wrangler's more charming features--it's firm, quite busy, and there are usually plenty of secondary motions, so you're always well aware of the road surface. This is one of the few vehicles (other than heavy-duty pickups) that still offers a live front axle; larger bumps met mid-corner, for instance, sometimes produce a full-frontal shudder. The two-door Wrangler models are slightly bouncier because of their shorter wheelbase.
*This vehicle is Certified Pre-Owned and is eligible for our third party warranty program.